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The Weekender: The Junction Flea, Ellie Goulding and six other events on our to-do list

Ellie Goulding performs at The Sound Academy on Sunday (Image: Michael Buckner/Getty Images Entertainment)

1. THE JUNCTION FLEA (FREE!)
Presented by Smash and Russet and Empire, this eclectic outdoor market features vintage and kitschy items from furniture to vinyl records, all hawked by super-hip vendors in a lot in the Junction. Even though this market only kicked off this summer, the response has been overwhelming, and the onset of winter is sending the organizers looking for indoor spaces to continue the run. Make sure to catch this last outdoor event of the season. October 14. 2799 Dundas St. W., hello@junctionflea.com, junctionflea.blogspot.ca

2. ELLIE GOULDING
Since her first album, Bright Lights, came out in 2010, Goulding has received a whirlwind of accolades, including winning Critic’s Choice from the Brit Awards (she also sang at Will and Kate’s reception). That album’s single “Lights” spent months on the charts, finally breaking through to become an essential 2012 summer power jam. Her second album, Halcyon, dropped earlier this month. October 14. $25. Sound Academy, 11 Polson St. 1-855-985-5000, ticketmaster.ca

3. TORONTO GARLIC FESTIVAL
Make sure to bring extra-strong mints to Toronto’s Garlic Festival 2012, two whole days of excitement devoted to one little bulb. On offer: cooking demonstrations, educational talks (ranging from racial discrimination based on the stuff to Dracula’s aversion to it) and Garlic Tales, fairy tales and folklore in which the titular bulb plays a central role. For the especially brave/single, there is a Strongest Garlic Breath Contest (judged by Ontario Science Centre officials in parts per billion). The winners take home the title of Garlic Breath King and Queen. October 13–14. $10. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave., 416-888-7829, torontogarlicfestival.ca

4. 2012 GLOBAL CABARET FESTIVAL
The Global Cabaret Festival returns for its fifth year of Canadian performers creating original one-hour dance, music and theatre pieces. The festival takes over the Young Centre, with 21 cabarets spread across five different venues. The 100 performers include Canadian gospel legend Jackie Richardson with her daughter, Kim; a remix of Leonard Cohen songs by Young Centre resident artist Waleed Abdulhamid; Oliver! A Cabaret, with songs from the musical; and a set from Sophie Milman, the Juno-winning jazz singer. October 12–14. $20–$108. Young Centre, 50 Tank House Lane, 416-866-8666, globalcabaret.ca

5. RUSH
They may be getting a little long in the tooth, but after 44 years, Rush is still cranking out new material. Released in June, Clockwork Angels drew strong notices from critics, and is one of the few albums adapted into a novel. It also gives Geddy, Alex and Neil a whole new set of reasons to wear age-inappropriate shirts in front of adoring fans. October 14 and 16. $56.50–$140.50. Air Canada Centre, 50 Bay St., 1-855-985-5000, ticketmaster.ca

6. THE DRAKE FALL MARKET (FREE!)
Throw on your skinniest skinny jeans and head down to the Drake for its annual Fall Market, complete with in-house bake sale. Artists and artisans will be spread out along the café’s patio, just in time for a post-brunch browse. Wares include handmade cards and jewellery, terrariums from Take to the Sea, vintage vinyl and more. At 4 p.m., after the market ends, there’s a special menu of selected $3 dishes, like mini-Drake burgers, pints of Mill Street Organic and a  Paloma cocktail, with tequila blanco, lime juice, grapefruit soda and salt. October 13. The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042, thedrakehotel.ca

7. MART-EH!
The young patrons’ circle at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art is the excellently named Moccamigos. The theme for this fundraising party is “so Canadian” (take that however you like), and it will feature music by Dwayne Gretzky and food by À la Carte Kitchen (drinks are also included in the ticket price). All proceeds go toward supporting MOCCA, whose current exhibitions include Jamelie Hassan’s At the Far Edge of Words and Guy Ben-Ner’s Stealing Beauty. October 13. $50–$75. Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, 952 Queen St. W., 416-395-0067, mocca.ca

8. DICHTERLIEBE: THE POET’S LOVE
Coleman Lemieux and Compagnie, the acclaimed dance troupe, recently renamed their Regent Park performance space the Mimi Herrndorf Studio Theatre in memory of Anna-Marie Herrndorf. To celebrate, the company invited 16 choreographers to create works based on the beloved Schumann song cycle Dichterliebe, which will be performed by co-artistic director Laurence Lemieux, baritone Alexander Dobson and pianist Jeanie Chung. The choreographers cross a wide range of disciplines, and include architect Donald Schmitt, former Factory Theatre artistic director Ken Gass, National Ballet principal dancer Guillaume Côté and James Kudelka. October 10–13. $35. The Citadel, 304 Parliament St., 416-364-8011, colemanlemieux.com